Overview

Gemma R. Galeoto is a Dallas trial attorney licensed in four states. She focuses her practice on complex business disputes, including breach of contract, healthcare, financial institutions and trade secret litigation. Ms. Galeoto has significant courtroom experience as lead counsel in trials (both in state and federal court), arbitrations, injunctive relief requests and in appellate oral argument.

Ms. Galeoto's peers and community recognize her as a D Magazine "Best Lawyer Under 40," and she is named by Texas Super Lawyers magazine to the Up-and-Coming 50 Women and Up-and-Coming 100 Rising Stars.

Representative Experience

  • Successfully overturned a more than $800,000 default judgment against a financial institution
  • Significant experience representing investment banks in breach of contract litigation
  • More than a decade of experience representing financial institutions in lender liability and intercreditor disputes, including Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) and Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Consumer Protection Act (DTPA) claims
  • Successfully represented a national bank in recovery of $26 million for a breach of a commercial guaranty, and successfully defended against commercial foreclosure proceedings
  • Successfully represented an Immigration Investor Program (EB-5) lender in defeating fraud and misrepresentation allegations, obtaining full dismissal of claims through summary judgment
  • Obtained complete relief for title loan lenders in multiple bench trials involving breach of contract disputes

  • Successfully represented multiple companies in obtaining injunctive relief in non-compete litigation
  • After two-day temporary injunction trial, obtained complete victory for an employer involving non-compete and misappropriation of trade secret claims against a former employee
  • Lead counsel in multiple hearings that involved bringing and defending claims for misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract
  • Successfully settled multiple employment disputes regarding breach of non-compete agreements, breach of non-solicitation and trade secret disputes
  • Counsel for a large energy turbine manufacturer in a multimillion-dollar litigation under the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA)
  • Successfully represented an energy brokerage entity in Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) claims
  • Represents an energy brokerage entity in ongoing breach of contract litigation

  • Lead counsel for a telemedicine provider in litigation involving millions of dollars in breach of contract and theft of trade secrets claims
  • Counsel for a managed care organization (MCO) in multiple arbitration proceedings defending against allegations of underpayment in Medicare, Medicaid and commercial market claims
  • Successfully defended a MCO against a Rule 202 petition for pre-suit discovery
  • Primary drafter of appellate briefing in the Third Court of Appeals of Texas with regard to Texas Citizens Participation Act claims involving a MCO
  • Multiple years of experience representing hospitals, insurers, healthcare and MCOs in liability disputes, antitrust disputes, Office of the Inspector General (OIG) investigations, Texas Attorney General investigations, provider disputes and healthcare fraud investigations

Credentials

Education
  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, B.A., summa cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • California
  • Florida
  • Texas
  • Washington
Court Admissions
  • All State Courts in Texas
  • All State Courts in California
  • All State Courts in Florida
  • All State Courts in Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • All Federal Courts in Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
Memberships
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Dallas Bar Association, WE LEAD Leadership Class, 2019; Bench Bar Committee, Co-Vice Chair; 2019; Judiciary Committee, 2019
  • Genesis Alliance: Women's Shelter & Support, Board of Directors, 2019
  • Dallas Winds Orchestra, Board of Trustees, 2019-Present; Assistant Secretary, 2020-2021
  • Prism Health North Texas, Board of Directors, 2017-2018
  • Dallas Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), 2016-2020
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Board of Directors, 2014; Leadership Class, Steering Committee Member, 2013; Foundation, Life Fellow; Older Wiser Lawyers (OWL) Committee Co-Chair, 2018; Animal Welfare Committee Member, 2012-2020
  • Dallas Women Lawyers Association, Women's Circle Committee Member and Mentor, 2017-2019
  • Women in the Law Council, State Bar of Texas Women in the Law Section, 2018
  • Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court, Former Associate
  • Dallas Regional Chamber Young Professionals
  • Junior League of Dallas, Alumna
  • Texas Humane Legislation Network, Volunteer
Honors & Awards
  • Best Lawyers Under 40, D Magazine, Commercial Litigation, 2018-2022
  • Up-and-Coming 50: Women Texas Rising Stars, Texas Super Lawyers magazine, 2021
  • Up-and-Coming 100: Texas Rising Stars, Texas Super Lawyers magazine, 2021
  • Rising Star, Texas Super Lawyers magazine, 2014-2021
  • Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2020
  • Order of Barristers, 2010
  • Fred C. Moss Outstanding Graduating Advocate of the Year, 2010

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